Microbiome Stool Analysis

The Microbiome Stool Analysis is an advanced non-invasive diagnostic tool for assessing gastrointestinal function. As this combines a large number of tests that evaluate the function of the gastrointestinal tract, a comprehensive picture of your gut health can be obtained.

The analysis investigates digestion, metabolism, absorption and metabolic markers, pancreatic function, the balance of beneficial bacteria and the presence of pathological bacteria, yeast and parasites.

Symptoms & Conditions Associated with Abnormal Gut Function

  • Abdominal pain
  • Autism
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Brain fog
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Coeliac’s disease
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Maldigestion
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Skin conditions
  • Ulcers
  • Weight loss

Gastrointestinal Health

The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) has three main functions:

  • To digest and absorb important nutrients for the healthy growth, cell repair and function
  • To act as a barrier to keep harmful substances, antigens and microorganisms from entering the blood
  • Elimination of waste products and toxins

The GI tract influences not only GI health. It is also known as the ‘second brain’ and affects the entire body.

Within the gastrointestinal tract more than 500 different bacterial species, in excess of 10 organisms per gram of wet weight, can be detected. These bacteria also play a key role in digestion, nutrition, pathogen defence and immune system development. When the function and interplay within this complex system is disturbed, ill-health can easily develop.

Multiple areas can influence this fine balance including digestion, absorption, the location, number and specific species of bacteria, parasitic infection, as well as epithelial integrity (lining of the gut) and inflammation.

Symptoms

Typical symptoms consist of diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, bad breath, abdominal pain, anaemia, food sensitivities and osteoporosis.

However, other conditions not typically recognised, but associated with gastrointestinal health, include chronic fatigue, depression, autism, arthritis and autoimmune disorders. These conditions may result from ‘leaky gut’ and the subsequent exposure to foreign particles which may trigger local and systemic immune and inflammatory mechanisms.

What The Microbiome Stool Analysis Tests For

The Microbiome Stool Analysis tests for the following (although please note that this is not an exhaustive list):
  • The presence of blood, mucous and food remnants including starches, meat and vegetable fibres, and fat particles.
  • Beneficial Bacteria (also referred to as Probiotic Bacteria such as Bifidobacterium Longum, Escherichia Coli)
  • Pathogenic Bacteria (harmful bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Yersinia)
  • Yeasts (such as Candida Albicans, Rhodotorula)
  • Parasites (such as Giardia Lamblia, Cryptosporidium)
  • Antibiotic Sensitivities (such as Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Trimethoprim
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How much it costs

To give you an idea, this particular Microbiome Stool Analysis costs $340.00, including the $70 follow up consultation. 

There are several microbiome (stool) analysis options, ranging from basic to a most in dept analysis. As every person is unique and presents with different symptoms, the correct test option will be discussed with you. 

Book a consultation now, or contact us for more information.